We’re continuing with our affiliate highlight series, this time turning our eye to Purdue Aphasia Group in West Lafayette, Indiana.
What Makes Purdue Aphasia Group Unique?
The Purdue Aphasia Group was developed with the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia program in mind. We are a “whole package” team comprised of researchers, faculty, students, local speech-language pathologists, persons with aphasia and their loved-ones.
The Purdue Aphasia Group is dedicated to providing resources, education, and clinical services for people with aphasia and their caregivers. Our inaugural Purdue Aphasia Boot Camp was held in May of 2017. We provided intensive individual and group therapy for persons with aphasia. The boot camp will be offered again in June of 2018.
The Purdue Aphasia Group is comprised of the Purdue Aphasia Research Laboratory, currently funded by the NIH. The lab invites people with aphasia following a stroke to participate in our research. The ultimate goal is to develop novel language training to improve communication skills in persons with aphasia.
Great Success Stories
We were overjoyed to be able to develop an intensive aphasia boot camp that was held for the first time last summer! The boot camp was supported by a community impact fund provided by a local hospital system. We were the first group in the state of Indiana to provide such an aphasia program.
All of our participants benefited. One client traveled from several hundred miles away to stay and participate. Following his return home, his speech-language pathologist was thrilled with his progress!
They Love What They Do
We enjoy being able to connect with persons with aphasia and their caregivers in a variety of environments (research, clinic, and support group). We love the fact that through feedback from our inaugural boot camp, we were able to see the need for and start a support group. We enjoy connecting with local speech pathologists through our programs and Purdue Aphasia Study Group (journal club).
Services and Support Groups
We offer referrals to Purdue University’s clinic services, research opportunities, and the support group for persons with aphasia and their caregivers. Our last support group was conducted in conjunction with Purdue’s Department of Nutrition Sciences. We were able to prepare (and enjoy!) two heart-healthy recipes in our demonstration kitchen.
Special Services for Caregivers
Our Aphasia support group meets one time per month.
We are currently inviting local participants to participate in our Aphasia Boot Camp for June 2018. Recruitment for research opportunities for persons with aphasia following a stroke is ongoing.
Do you live in the West Lafayette, Indiana area? Contact the Purdue Aphasia Group for speech services and support groups.
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